Matt Campanelli

News Producer

Matt Campanelli is a senior at Missouri State University who is pursuing a degree in Journalism with a minor in Communications. While serving as a news intern for KSMU, Matt is also a staff reporter for Missouri State’s student run newspaper, The Standard. One of his favorite things about journalism is it combines two of his passions; writing and telling stories.

Cox Health South
Chloe O'Neill / KSMU

Good news for job-seekers:  CoxHealth, one of Springfield’s largest employers, wants to fill 50 positions, and the health care system says it will offer those new hires an added bonus. 

The job fair on Monday, May 14, will seem to fill 50 environmental and food service jobs.

Some of the positions will not require any previous experience.

Kaitlyn McConnell is a spokeswoman for CoxHealth.

Megan Burke / KSMU

The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium has been voted America’s Best Aquarium by USA Today readers.

The announcement was made in a members only ceremony that featured Congressman Billy Long and Springfield Mayor Ken McClure.

Dude Perfect, a sports entertainment group with a popular YouTube channel, helped make the announcement as a banner was revealed by divers in an aquarium behind them.

Tyler Toney is a member of Dude Perfect.

Matt Campanelli / KSMU

Imagine attending a school district with a total enrollment of 42 students and a playground that hasn’t seen much of an update since 1954. This is one of many examples of why organizations applied for a Coover Regional Grant through the  Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

CFO partnered with Commerce Trust Fund to award 21 organizations with the grants. Grants ranged from $4,000 to $19,000.

Grants were awarded for projects like renovating the ventilation hood in a school cafeteria kitchen to scholarships to help needy families send their kids to summer programs.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

The state of Missouri is hoping to create new jobs and revitalize communities by identifying new, so-called “Opportunity Zones.”

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development says a total of 161 “opportunity zones” will give incentives for private investors to bring their infrastructure, businesses, and housing projects to those zones. According to a press release from the City of Springfield, the goal of the program is to attract investors to areas that might not otherwise be considered.

Missouri State University

Two weeks after being introduced as the next head coach for Missouri State University’s men’s basketball program, head coach Dana Ford has announced his coaching staff. KSMU’s Matt Campanelli’s reports.

Ford will keep associate head coach Corey Gipson and add new assistants Jake Headrick from Samford and Jase Herl from Colorado State, according to a press release from the university. Ford also hired Sheldon Everett from Miami University in Ohio as his director of basketball operations.